The University Presbyterian Church community will continue to enforce masks, physical distancing, and COVID-19 procedures. Per Gov. Greg Abbott, the mask mandate will be lifted and businesses will be allowed to operate at 100 percent beginning March 10. Following Presbyterian Church (USA) governmental procedures, I want to confirm that COVID-19 guidelines, including the wearing of masks, are still in place at UPC.

As a community of faith, we will continue to be guided by the Great Commandment of Love that rises above the individual and gives expression to communal safety and responsibility. As a church located in San Antonio, Bexar County, we continue to follow our City and County’s guidance, as recommended by our denomination. Our Pandemic Advisory Group meets on Tuesday, March 9, and we will further build on UPC’s current COVID-19 guidelines and make policy recommendations for Session approval on Wednesday, March 17.

Considering the safety of families, children, and staff of UPC, UPCC, and the SoL Center, we confirm the following procedures until further notice.

  1. On Sundays, virtual worship will continue at 10:00 AM, followed by virtual Joys, Concerns, and Fellowship at 11:00 AM. The In-Person Outdoor Physical Distancing service will continue at 8:00 AM on Sundays. You can read the guidelines here.
  2. Face masks are required for all staff and guests. Hand sanitization stations are located throughout our property.
  3. Remaining socially distant (6 feet apart) will still be required.
  4. If you do not have a mask, UPC will provide you with a mask to wear.
  5. If you have had a fever within 72 hours of your visit, we continue to ask that you please reschedule your visit with us.
  6. We continue to require and provide temperature screening.
  7. Our Custodial Staff will continue increased frequency cleaning and practicing the disinfectant protocol set by the CDC.

While we remain hopeful that in-person worship in the Sanctuary will resume, we have to continue to enforce the best practices to decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19. We feel our procedures are helping us live into our responsibility as a community of faith, and we see no reason to lower these standards at this point.

Please continue to practice the 3 W’s to reduce the risk of COVID-19, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and protect others.

1) Wash your hands frequently. (Use soap and water for 20 seconds.)

2) Wear a mask.

3) Watch your distance. (Keep 6 feet apart and avoid large crowds.)

Lenten Blessings,

Andries Coetzee, Pastor